Posted November 18th, 2017, 12:25 PM
Your husband is not 100% correct..
- For recreational flying, please check FAA Advisory Circular 91-57A.
- 400 foot limit is recommended, but not required or enforced. Check Public Law 112-95, section 336.
- If you are flying within 5 miles of an airport, you need to advise tower. Permission is not needed, only need to advise them. But it's perfectly legal to fly it within 5 mile range.
- Only lithium batteries over 100Wh are restricted. Anything below is permitted. If TSA made you swab all lithium batteries, your laptop, cell phone, smart watch, hearing aid, and so on, will be swabbed and you'll have to declare it. My drone's batteries are 43Wh. Even if you carry batteries in 101-160Wh range, with airline's approval, you can carry two. No limit on lower capacity. That is not to say that drone batteries are safe. Drones use Lithium Polymer batteries that are very volatile. When punctured, bad stuff will happen. But same battery chemistry is used in Macbooks. Macbooks are better protected though.
I am also a licensed pilot. Just never touched anything as fancy as F-16.
Sir, The F-16 is by no means comfy or fancy, however it takes an accomplished, well educated Pilot to fly it.
Without the mention of the type or size of the UAV being used, he cautioned on lithium batteries on aircraft and 100% You will be asked by the airline check in agent if you have ^PACKED" lithium batteries to little E-cigs! "Common Sense" to check Your Airline and the TSA website.
FAA rules are always changing on flying UAV's, such as Prohibited areas, Restricted Airspce areas, Public areas, Military operation areas (MOAs) and Controlled firing areas (CFAs).
So use "Common Sense" and check out the current TFR's, Via the the FAA website.
Oh good luck with getting permission from ATC to fly a UAV near a Airport! Not impossible, but you better have a good reason!
My husband is 100% correct.
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